Spotting Scope Review – What Do I Have?
Posted by Paper Target at January 20th, 2016
Spotting Scope Review
I wanted to do a spotting scope review as there are so many out there, but realized, I have a limited experience with them. So I decided to review the ones I own. They include a set of Tasco Imperial No 32390 7×35 binoculars, Guide Series 12-50×50 spotting scope, 13412 60mm spotting scope, and one other.
Here is a photograph of all of them in their cases.
Let’s start with the Tasco Imperial No 32390 7×35.
These are a nice set of vintage binoculars which I believe were made back in the 1960’s. These binoculars were my father’s, and I have used them quite a bit. They say they are fully coated, light weight, and have a field of view at 1000yds:367FT. I have used these quite a bit and take them along when I hunt. I don’t use the original case they came in when I go out in the field with them, but instead use a padded bag with a large strap. I have been considering buying the Crooked Horn binocular harness: https://crookedhorn.com/store/optic-accessories/bino-system-binocular-harness-detail.html but I haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet. I like these binoculars, and they make a good spotting scope when shooting handguns. It’s enough to see the shots without having to walk the 20-50 feet. I am not a professional photographer, but here is an image from my camera taken through the binoculars. Keep in mind all of the optic images in this post are looking at the same small shed out the front window of my house which also has a screen.
Let’s move on to the Guide Series 12-50×50 Spotting Scope.
I cannot find this on Gander Mountain’s website anymore, but that’s where it was purchased from.
The spotting scope came in a very nice travel padded backpack. I think that’s great so it stays in very nice condition.
I use this spotting scope frequently at the range. This is my go to spotting scope and have used it for quite a long time. It has a very nice field of view and can see a far distance. Here is an optic image from it.
No Name 13412 60mm
The next one to look at in this spotting scope review is the no name 13412 60mm spotting scope. This spotting scope was given to me by my father some years back.
Before I had the Guide Series Spotting scope, this scope was the one I used the most. It has a great field of view and the optics are super. You may notice that the case for this spotting scope is not exactly factory. The case was made by my father’s cousin as he was the original owner of this spotting scope. He is an excellent wood worker who makes quality items. Here is an image of the inside of the box.
The box is made entirely of wood with foam padding, and a window lock to keep it shut. It is extremely sturdy and well made. One downfall to the case is there isn’t a place to put the stand, but it doesn’t matter to me as I really like the case. Unfortunately I was unable to get a good optic photo for this spotting scope. I’m not sure why, but you’ll have to take my word for it, this spotting scope works awesome.
30x Spotting Scope
The last on in this spotting scope review is a no name spotting scope that goes up to 30x.
This was the first spotting scope I ever had. I bought it on eBay for about $20. I loved this scope from the first day I got it. It meant no more walking down to the target after every round of shooting. I could stay back at the bench and shoot round after round. I mentioned this spotting scope in my first post about the items I carry in my range bag which you can see here
I carry this one in my bag because it’s convenient and I can use it like a telescope by just holding it up to my eye. Sometimes I like to go to the range on my lunch break and having one less thing to set up gets me more shooting time.
Here is the optic image from this spotting scope which is quite good
I’m not an expert on spotting scopes, but my goal here was to give you a spotting scope review of the ones I own. You don’t need to have the most expensive one out there to get functionality for spotting your shots. A pair of binoculars could do the job and could do it well.
|Tasco Imperial No 32390 7×35 binoculars||Guide Series 12-50×50 spotting scope||30x Spotting Scope|
Remember to practice safe firearm handling at all times.
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